Wichita schools closed after water main break, boil advisory


October 8, 2021

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest city was placed under a water boil order after a large water main break, leading Wichita-area schools to close Friday and prompting residents to make a run on bottled water.

The city issued the advisory Thursday afternoon, affecting its nearly 400,000 residents and some surrounding communities following the break of a 42-inch (107 centimeter) main on Wichita's north side.

Mayor Brandon Whipple asked residents not to hoard bottled water, but many area store shelves were wiped out of water by late Thursday.

"There's no indication that we won't get this f...

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